Daily Facepalm 7-21-14

Did the Cubs Win? Nope. Swept by the Diamondbacks this weekend. Anthony Rizzo is devising innovative ways to help the Cubs lose close games whilst performing admirably. Rizzo hit three homers in the series and is now tied for the NL lead with Giancarlo Stanton. Race to the Top Speaking of which, the Cubs now have the third worst record in baseball at a game-and-a-half behind the...
Via Obstructed View
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Arencibia homers, Rangers beat Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) - J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run homer against his former team, Yu Darvish matched his season high with 12 strikeouts and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Friday night. Adrian Beltre added a solo homer as the Rangers snapped their season-high, eight-game losing streak and won for just the second time in 13 road games. Promoted from Triple-A Round Rock...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers Designate Northeastern Alum Carlos Peña For Assignment

Texas Rangers first baseman Carlos Peña was designated for assignment Thursday after only 18 games with the team. Peña struggled in those games, going 8-for-59 (.136) with 11 strikeouts. With the move the Rangers recalled J.P. Arencibia from Triple-A, adding a fourth catcher to their 25-man roster. Though Peña lived in the Dominican Republic until he was 12 years old, he has...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Some things went right for Rangers in first half

ARLINGTON, Texas - The overall numbers for the Texas Rangers at the All-Star break look awful. Texas is going nowhere in the American League West and has the worst record in baseball. The club has already matched a record for pitchers used in a season and set an all-time record for players used by the All-Star break at 50. But believe it or not, there have been a few bright spots...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers demote J.P. Arencibia to Triple-A

Earlier this week Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia spoke out about what he believed was unfair treatment by the Toronto media back when he was with the Blue Jays, suggesting that “the media made me out to be a monster” and that played a part in his being let go. He might have to come up with a similar theory for the Texas media now, because today the Rangers demoted Arencibia...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia still bitter about treatment in Toronto

Former Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia said Saturday that unfavourable media coverage in Toronto contributed to the organization’s decision to release him at the end of last season. “I learned the media controls a lot of things and the only question that you guys were writing in the off-season was what they were going to do behind the plate, when obviously the pitching was...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

J.P. Arencibia nearly tumbles into camera well chasing foul ball (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia nearly tumbled into a camera well while trying to catch a foul popup during Monday night's game against Seattle.It happened in the top of the sixth with one out and two men on as Mariners batter Dustin Ackley popped up a 3-1 pitch into foul territory. Arencibia appeared to make the catch, but the ball...
Via Holdout Sports
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers manager still hot about transfer rule after ejection

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington knew he would be ejected for arguing a call overturned by replay review, but he had a point to make. His point: the new interpretation of the transfer rule has to be changed. "I understand what the rule is," Washington said. "But we've got to do something about it." Washington came out of the dugout Monday...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

On J.P. Arencibia

While considering J.P. Arencibia for my Hacking Mass team on Baseball Prospectus, I wondered how he managed to get 497 plate appearances with a .227 on-base percentage. After a quick spin of the Baseball-Reference Play Index, we find that only one person in baseball history had a season with more plate appearances and a lower on-base percentage than J.P. Arencibia in 2013.That was...
Via BAseball Reality Tour
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Contenders in Need of Catcher Upgrades

I was happy to see former University of Tennessee star catcher JP Arencibia in a Texas Rangers uniform earlier this week.  Following the loss of AJ Pierzynski, Texas needed a full-time catcher that wouldn’t break their budget and Arencibia is still just 28 and has hit 62 home runs since he began as Toronto’s full time catcher.  That homer total is good for fourth best among...
Via Off The Bench
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Catcher JP Arencibia with Killer Tim Kurkjian Impression on ESPN

We’re big Timmy Kurkjian fans here at The Legend. Great baseball insight. Passionate guy. And, perhaps most importantly, not a guy who takes himself too seriously. There’s a lot to be said for humility and the ability to laugh at oneself…particularly when someone’s riffing off your schtick. As a side note, this was one of our favorite Kurkjian explosions of all time. So...
Via Legend of Cecilio Guante
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

J.P. Arencibia's Tim Kurkjian impression is back

One of the most underrated parts of MLB Spring Training is the never-ending barrage of players doing impressions of ESPN MLB reporter Tim Kurkjian. When Baseball Tonight was at Rangers camp on Wednesday, Texas catcher J.P. Arencibia brought a spring tradition with him from the Blue Jays to the Rangers - his Tim Kurkjian impression. The impression gained popularity in 2012 and blew...
Via Awful Announcing
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: JP Arencibia does segment as Tim Kurkjian

YouTube J.P. Arencibia turned the baseball world on end last spring training with an on-point impersonation of ESPN’s Tim Kurkijian.  The then-Blue Jays catcher doing a fine line spoof is now a Rangers catcher doing a whole segment on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. The impression is really good.  And it’s better that Kurkjian is watching and laughing like a little school girl.
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

C JP Arencibia, Rangers complete $1.8M contract

Catcher J.P. Arencibia and the Texas Rangers have finalized a $1.8 million, one-year contract. Arencibia hit .194 with 21 homers, 18 doubles and 55 RBIs in a career-high 138 games this year for Toronto. The Blue Jays didn't offer him a contract by the Dec. 2 deadline and allowed him to become a free agent. Arencibia has a .212 career average with 64 homers and 193 RBIs in four...
Via AP on Fox
December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Hot Stove News: Arencibia Agrees To $1.8 Million Deal With Rangers

The Rangers and catcher J.P. Arencibia have agreed to a one year deal worth about $1.8 million dollars with an additional $300K in incentives, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Arencibia, 27, had an awful season in 2013 batting .194/.227/.365  with a 59 OPS+ and a .592 OPS. He did wallop 21 home runs but did more damage than good offensively. CBS Sports says that his on-base...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers sign Arencibia

After being non-tender by the Toronto Blue Jays, catcher J.P. Arencibia, has agreed to a deal with the Texas Rangers. Expect Arencibia, who’ll turn 28 in early January, to be Geovany Soto‘s backup. Lately he has disappointing at the plate and defensively. He hit his bottom in 2013, hitting .194 with 148 strikeouts to only 18 walks. But, he does brings power to the Rangers’...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Rangers sign catcher J.P. Arencibia

The Rangers nearly traded for J.P. Arencibia before he was non-tendered by the Blue Jays. Now they have him anyway, signing him to a one-year deal, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Arencibia, who turns 28 next month, will battle Geovany Soto for playing time in Texas. He spent the last three years as the Blue Jays’ starting catcher, hitting 62 homers. However...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays explain decision to cut Arencibia

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos wasn't determined to part ways with catcher J.P. Arencibia after the former first round pick suffered through a career-worst season in 2013. But after reaching an agreement Monday on a two-year, $8 million deal with former All-Star Dioner Navarro, Toronto decided not to offer Arencibia a contract for 2014, making him a free agent. ...
Via AP on Fox
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Could a former Blue Jay be flying to Boston?

A potentially huge bat could be entering the free agent market, and it could DEFINITELY Impact Boston. According to multiple sources JP Arencibia could become another option at the catcher position. The Blue Jays opted not to offer their used to be prized 27-year-old catcher a contract before Monday’s deadline for arbitration eligible players, making him a free agent. Even...
Via Fenway Refugees
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Non-Tender Arencibia

The Blue Jays have non-tendered catcher J.P. Arencibia, the club announced via press release. The club has tendered contracts to its remaining slate of arbitration-eligible players. Arencibia, 27, was the Jays' primary catcher for the last three seasons, during which time he appeared in a total of 369 ballgames for the club. Last year, he put up a meager .194/.227/.365 line...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays Non-Tender Arencibia

The Toronto Blue Jays have announced that they have non-tendered catcher J.P. Arencibia. He is now a free-agent. C J.P. ARENCIBIA was non-tendered and becomes a free agent. — Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) December 3, 2013   Arencibia, 27, hit for a .194 AVG, 21 HR, 55 RBI, and a .227 OBP in 2013. The Blue Jays have tendered contracts to CF Colby Rasmus, LHP Brett Cecil and...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Trade Pass or Play: J.P. Arencibia

We are now beyond the start of Free Agency at 12:01 AM November 5. We at Phillies Nation will take a look at a players, namely outfielders, catchers, starting pitchers, and relievers, who the Phillies may target this offseason. We will explore potential performance, fit, cost, and feasibility. We continue today with our first “Trade Pass or Play” candidate, right-handed catcher...
Via Phillies Nation
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Make Small Addition, Big Upgrade

J.P. Arencibia was the kind of bad that finds you. A year ago, the Blue Jays looked like competitor darlings, primarily because of a host of additions. Arencibia was hardly one of the guys to watch, and then before long it became apparent the Blue Jays were hardly one of the teams to watch. It didn’t take long for me to concentrate my viewing elsewhere, but still, I kept hearing...
Via Fangraphs
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Blue Jays Trying to Trade Power-Hitting Catcher J.P. Arencibia in Wake of Dioner Navarro Signing

J.P. Arencibia‘s days in Toronto appear to be over.’s Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays, who reportedly signed catcher Dioner Navarro to a two-year deal Monday, are working to trade Arencibia. According to’s Shi Davidi, Arencibia will be non-tendered ahead of Monday’s midnight deadline if Toronto can’t find a trade partner. Arencibia is a...
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

This Week In Mets Madness: Arencibia To The Mets’ Rescue?

J.P. To The Mets’ Rescue? Here we go again… It’s a new week in the Mets Hot Stove, and with it comes a new flurry of the same old nonsense to keep your hearts aglow with this myth of a coming magical offseason that will usher in a run of sustainable championship caliber Mets baseball beginning in 2014. The Blue Jays are shopping J.P. Arencibia, so why don’t we remind Met...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss
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